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Discovered: World's Smallest Chameleon

Discovered: The mini-meleon that is one of the smallest reptiles on the planet
By Wil Longbottom

Last updated at 8:17 AM on 15th February 2012

His species is renowned for its ability to blend in, but this tiny critter is even better than most as the world's smallest chameleon.
Balanced on the tip of a scientist's fingernail in Madagascar, the-three centimetre reptile is no bigger than the flies that form his average-sized cousin's lunch.
Scientists discovered four new species - called Brookesia micra - on a small islet just off the main island.

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Tiny: This chameleon is smaller than a finger nail and was discovered on an islet off Madagascar
This particular chameleon is now thought to be one of the smallest reptiles on the planet.
Ted Townsend, of San Diego State University, carried out genetic testing on the new species.

He said: 'Their size suggests that chameleons might have evolved in Madagascar from small and inconspicuous ancestors, quite unlike the larger and more colourful chameleons most familiar to us today.'

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A real match: The three-centimetre chameleon is thought to be one of the smallest reptiles on the planet

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Hard to spot: Scientists believe chameleons may have evolved on Madagascar
The new additions to the chameleon species are only found in an area just a few square miles in size.
Experts believe they may be especially sensitive to habitat destruction.

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wow!!! that's sweet! great post!

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Re: Discovered: World's Smallest Chameleon

It's so cute! I want one!

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Re: Discovered: World's Smallest Chameleon

lol, great post and great find johnleeknoefler. That is sooooo cute, i want one.

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madagascar (and surrounding area) is amazing.
Very very cool.

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Makes you wonder how anyone even finds something that small.

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cool. reminds me of that smallest frog that was discovered recently.

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That is fantastic! Love new discoveries!

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Very cool.

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Cool find.

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